Head of the agency Machli Riyadi here on Wednesday (March 25, 2020) said, the source of the budget is from the Unexpected Expenditure(BTT) about Rp580 million and from a change in DED (Detail Engineering Design) budget of around Rp2.6 billion. All of those are shifted to COVID-19 handling.
The fund, he said, will be used to increase the isolation rooms at the city-government-owned Sultan Suriansyah General Hospital (RSUD).
"It is in line with the instruction of the governor and mayor, all hospital with no exception, including Sultan Suriansyah, must have enough isolation rooms, that is what we implement," he explained.
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The fund, Machli Riyadi added, will also be used to procure Personal Protective Equipment (APD) for the handling of patients with the potential of or positive COVID-19.
Personal Protective Equipment such as mask, protective suit, and others, he said, was in the process of ordering from Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bandung.
"Indeed the procurement of APD takes quite a long time because there are many areas who need them, but the most important thing is to fulfil the need of health workers who are struggling at the frontline. Their safety is a priority," Machli Riyadi pointed out.
Doctors and nurses have a high susceptibility to contracting, both when examining patients under surveillance and especially those who have been stated positively.
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